Aluminium (album)

Aluminium (album)

Infobox Album | Name = Aluminium
Type = Album
Artist = Richard Russell and Joby Talbot
Pre-order = 6 November 2006
Recorded = Between August 2005 and February 2006
Genre = Avant-garde orchestra
Length = 34:18
Label = XL Recordings
Producer = Richard Russell

Aluminium is the name of a music project based upon an orchestral reworking of the music of the band The White Stripes. Its members are Richard Russell and Joby Talbot. Jack White, of the White Stripes, has endorsed the project.

Rob Jones has also produced an exhibition of artwork based on the album.


Ten images based upon the album, as well as a series of other White Stripes and Raconteurs artwork, all by Rob Jones, was displayed at the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester in Autumn 2006. In the 999 LP editions of the album there are 10 inch square sections of a silk print by Rob Jones in each sleeve. [ XL Recordings] Accessed October 2006 ]

Given the White Stripes' fondness for the number three it may be worth noting that the logo for Aluminium is a depiction of Aluminium excluding the element's outermost electron shell, which normally contains three electrons.


The album, of avant-garde orchestral music, was originally conceived by Richard Russell and Joby Talbot. After working on some tracks - including "Aluminium" (the White Stripes' original from the album White Blood Cells retained the American spelling "Aluminum") and "I'm Bound to Pack it Up" - they presented the work to the White Stripes in Cincinnati.

Following White's penchant for the number "3", only 3,333 copies of the CD version have been produced, along with 999 LPs. In addition to this, the album is available on unlimited download. [ [ White Stripes' orchestral album released in full] Accessed October 2006 ] The album was available for pre-order on November 6 2006 and fully released on November 13.

The music was recorded by a specially selected orchestra. Part of it has since been used by choreographer Wayne McGregor in a production for the Royal Ballet.

Track listing


On November 13, 2006, Xl Recordings released a 12" vinyl only single from the Aluminium album, limited to 500 copies. Side A was the track "Aluminum," while B contained a remix by Four Tet of "Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)". The catalogue number for the single was XLT 246. Rob Jones designed the sleeve art, similar in appearance to the Aluminium album cover.


External links

* [ Official site for The White Stripes]
* [ Official website for ALUMINIUM]

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